Introduced early on April 17, 1964 (16 days after the Plymouth Barracuda), and thus dubbed as a "1964½" by Mustang fans, the 1965 Mustang was the automaker's most successful launch since the Model A.

On January 27, 1965, the first Shelby Mustang -- a 1965 Shelby GT350 in Wimbledon White -- made its public debut.

Now, Ford (F - Get Report) introduces the most powerful street-legal Mustang ever, the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500.

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